#YUinPRINT Finalist: Moong Dal Vegetable Curry


Entrant: Stefanie Ramsden Dougherty

Stefanie says:
If this dish were on a restaurant menu, it might read something like this: Split mung beans with eggplant, broccolini, cremini mushrooms, baby spinach and sweet cranberries in a light, creamy curry, served over steamed basmati rice. The recipe has a diverse combination of flavors: earthy mung beans, bitter spinach, sweet cranberries and feisty spices that bite you back. The addition of coconut milk at the end brings all the flavors together in a light and creamy sauce. As you may know, whole mung beans are green, but when they are split the skin comes off, leaving behind tiny little golden beans known in India as “moong dal” (“dal” is the general Hindi word for beans, lentils and peas). Mung beans are a protein powerhouse and are prized in Ayurvedic cooking for their easy digestibility.

YumUniverse and me: Heather’s blog is my absolute favorite source of plant-based recipes on the Internet. Several of her recipes are in my weekly meal rotation. In addition to inspiring my cooking, her beautiful website—and most importantly—her boundless enthusiasm and generous encouragement—went a long way to inspiring me to start my own food blog. I am a full-on YumUniverse devotee.

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Servings: This recipe makes 4 two-cup servings (1.5 cups vegetable curry served over a half cup of rice)
Time: 45 minutes (15 minutes for washing and chopping veggies, 30 minutes cooking time)

1 cup dry moong dal (a.k.a. mung beans), rinsed and soaked for up to 4 hours if possible
1 cup basmati rice, rinsed and soaked for 15 minutes
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 small yellow onion, diced (about 2 cups)
3 cloves garlic, sliced
6 oz. baby spinach (4 cups firmly packed), chopped
9 cremini mushrooms, chopped (about 2 cups)
2 cups broccolini, chopped into small florets
1 cup eggplant, chopped (zucchini is a delicious alternative if you’re avoiding nightshades)
½ tsp paprika
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tbsp curry powder
2 tsp fine sea salt, divided
½ tsp fresh ground black pepper
¼ tsp cayenne pepper (or more, to taste)
½ cup sweetened dried cranberries
¾ cup coconut milk

In a saucepan bring 2 cups of salted water and the soaked, drained moong dal to a boil. Turn the heat down to low and partially cover the pot; simmer for 20 minutes or until the beans are soft. If the beans soften to “al dente” texture before all the water evaporates, drain the rest of the water. Replace the lid firmly on the pot to keep them warm.

In the meantime in a separate saucepan, bring 2 cups of salted water to a boil. Add the soaked, drained basmati rice, return to a boil, turn the heat down and simmer, covered, until all the water evaporates and the rice is cooked, roughly 12-15 minutes. Again, if the rice cooks before the water evaporates, pour the rest out.

In a large saute pan, heat the coconut oil over medium-high heat. Saute the onions until soft, then add the garlic slices, stirring occasionally until they begin to brown. Add the broccolini and stir occasionally for a minute or two. Next add the mushrooms and eggplant (or zucchini), and stir until the veggies begin to soften.

Measure out the spices and stir them together in a small bowl: ½ tsp. paprika, 1 tsp. cumin, 1 tsp. coriander, 1 T. curry powder, 1 ½ tsp. sea salt, ½ tsp. fresh ground black pepper and ¼ cayenne pepper (or more if you like it hot). Sprinkle the spice mixture over the sauteeing veggies and stir until they are coated evenly in spices.

Add the cooked moong dal and chopped spinach and toss in the remaining ½ tsp. of sea salt. Stir until the spinach begins to wilt.

Stir in the cranberries. Turn off the heat and add the coconut milk. Stir until all the ingredients are moistened in the sauce. Serve the vegetable curry over steamed basmati rice.

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  1. YES to Apricot & Lavender Granola. Sounds delicious with the addition of lavender and powered up with Superfoods like maca and lucuma. And I can probably pop the mixture into a dehydrator instead of the oven. This is the recipe!

  2. Tom French

    Wow, this recipe looks amazing! The combination of flavors is very interesting. And so good for you!

  3. Meghan

    YES! It looks delicious, and accessible for someone who isn’t yet comfortable in the kitchen (me). Can’t wait to try it!

  4. Diana Rohle

    YES! This recipe is great! Delicious flavors complement each other beautifully and this dish is easy for the average home chef to put together. Winner!!!

  5. Christiana

    This looks and sounds delicious! I’ve been wondering what to do with the mung beans in my cupboard. I love making sweets, so sometimes I don’t plan meals. I’m excited to try this recipe.

  6. Thank you so much, Heather, for this amazing honor. I can’t wait to see your cookbook!!! 🙂

  7. Tiffany

    Moong Dal Vegetable Curry’s got my vote, my heart and … my palate in a hankering hunger, a longing lust, a thirst, an itch! …for it!

  8. Dennis

    Yes! I eat this meal about once a week, it’s delicious!

  9. Kelvin Morin

    YES! I loved this dish. It’s very flavorful and tasty! By far the best out of the ones that I tried.

  10. Aiko Halm

    This recipe looks delicious and I think it should win!

  11. Sheila Kercher

    This looks yummy!

  12. Courtney Potts

    YES! This recipe deserves to be in your book because it is delicious, healthy, flavorful, and memorable. I also love the international flavors and the name, “Moong Dal Vegetable Curry.” It’s like a little trip to India when making and eating this recipe!

  13. Frank Ramsden

    YES! Stefanie’s “Moong Dal Vegetable Curry” should win the big prize because it is original, full of exotic flavors, and a feast for the senses. I would love to see this recipe win a spot in your upcoming cookbook!

  14. Elvis Fong

    YES! The dish looks absolutely delicious. I want to try some!

  15. Maureen Mooney


  16. Jessica Wang

    Love the ingredients in this receipe! Looks really delicious!

  17. Helen

    Yes! This looks delicious!

  18. Diana

    I think Stefanie’s Veggie Curry recipe sound delicious, and healthy and looks very appetizing. Stefanie does a great job displaying her dish as well as throughly explaining every step in how to prepare it. You even get an added bonus with her detailed nutrition facts that comes along with each of her fabulous recipes.

  19. Aubrey

    I love the idea of restaurant quality food exploration at home! This is an adventure in cooking and reminds me why I like to spend hours over a hot stove. Delicious and nutritious food!!

  20. Cris

    Anything with mung bean is good. I’ve grown up on this stuff with only two ways of cooking it. Stefanie’s recipe brings the simplicity of the nutritious mung bean to higher levels. All the veggies included packs this dish with loads of wholesome goodness. More power to the mung bean!

  21. Janelle

    YES! Moong Dal Vegetable Curry looks delicious and has my vote!

  22. Nancy Buckner

    This recipe sounds delicious. I cannot wait to try it. All of Stefanie’s recipes are wonderful. I will have this for dinner tomorrow.

  23. John Dougherty

    YES. Intend to try just as soon as I have the opportunity!


  24. Denise Byrnes

    Include it. It sounds & looks really good!

  25. Already pinned it. This recipe has a lot of vegetables and that is a winner for me.

  26. This recipe–Moong Dal Veggie Curry–makes me want to jump up and start cooking. It sounds like such a delicious powerhouse of a dish. Can’t wait to try it and I think it should be in the cookbook.

  27. paolo martinez

    Moong Dal! Yyesssyum m!

  28. Gina Simmons


  29. Gina Simmons


  30. Tyler

    Looks good.

  31. Cornelia

    Amazing recipe. When I first came upon it, I could not believe that I was able to cook something like this that tasted SO GOOD!

  32. Kerri

    Sounds delicious! Can’t wait to try!

  33. Sharon Goetz

    Dish is very interesting. We are trying to eat healthier and this will fit into that plan.

  34. This recipe looks delicious. Although, I am not a vegetarian, I would try this recipe.
    Also, I love the way all your recipes looks so appealing, and how they are staged for the camera. They look like a work of art, that I would place in a picture frame. 🙂

  35. Jim Brady

    I have eaten a lot of dal curry dishes, but this is the best by far. Lets face it, dal can be bland but here it is the base note with many other flavors singing over the top. And the cranberries – genius……

  36. Diana

    “Yes” Looks and sounds delicious, can’t wait to try it.

  37. Marissa

    Stefanie’s recipes are a huge inspiration! Can’t wait to try this one.

  38. Jeremy

    It’s eggplant season! Perfect.

  39. Junior

    I love your cooking. This sounds good, but your scones are the best.

  40. Hailey

    I haven’t tried this one yet, but all the dishes Stefanie makes are great. So I’m voting for this one!

  41. Christiana

    Sounds so yummy! Vote!

  42. Crystal

    Yes, yes, yes!

  43. Tina

    Great recipe! Thank you.

  44. Jaimee

    Yes to Moong Dal Vegetable Curry! Stefanie’s use of the elusive and powerful mung bean is unique and enticing!

  45. martha

    Moong Dal Vegetable Curry sounds delicious and I am anxious to try making it and then eatting it..I am sure others would want to try it as well

  46. Diana Rohle

    Yes! Yummy!!!

  47. Steven Wojak

    Looks super yummy!! I’ll be trying this one soon! 🙂

  48. Courtney Potts

    YES! Please pick Stefanie’s recipe – I can’t wait to try it!

  49. Frank

    YES! This is the recipe that should win! Pick this one!

  50. Jacky

    Yes! Moong Dal Vegetable Curry!

  51. Elizabeth Kleiner

    We emjoy Thai and Vietnamese dishes and we really loved this dish. Great food.

  52. Maureen Mooney

    Such a beautiful dish and very enjoyable!!

  53. Elvis

    YES! I am a huge fan of curry.Yum!

  54. Laura

    Didn’t know mung beans cook so fast. Good to know for quick meals. Can’t wait to try this recipe 🙂

  55. Heather


  56. Sheila Schuldt

    Yes! Moong Dal Vegetable Curry! Although I am not vegan (yet), this recipe is amazing & would recommend it to anyone who has a love for great tasting food!

  57. Alain

    This looks delicious – and very healthy. I can’t wait to try it.

  58. Rob Cinelli

    Loved it…..

  59. Debbi Atkins

    Yes yes yes to Stephanie’s Moong Dal vegetable curry. Explosion of heaven in the mouth!!!!!! This recipe would be a wonderful addition to your cookbook

  60. Julia Capone

    YES! Stefanie does an excellent job of explaining her mouthwatering dish in a way that is easy to understand. She makes me excited to try cooking something new. Stefanie and her recipe certainly deserve to be featured in the YU cookbook.

  61. Moong Dal Vegetable Curry!!! I love the cranberry for that tart surprise!

  62. Willow Withy

    Moong Dal Vegetable Curry!!! Que Riiicooo!

  63. Willow Withy

    YES!! Yes!! Yeeeeeessss! 😉

  64. Christine Wilson

    My husband just loves his curry. That is always the dish he orders from any Thai restaurants that we go to. Every restaurant is different with the way they do their curry. It’s either really spicy, not enough. This recipe is just perfect and my husband loves it. I am not one to eat curry but I find myself loving the dish as well!

  65. Jaimee Lynn

    The vegetable curry is the ONE! Stefanie’s blog is full of delicious, nutritious, inspired recipes that are even interesting just to read! You would, no doubt, do your community a favor by sharing with them Stefanie’s recipe.

  66. Neil Anderson

    Yes. I’ve never known what to do with mung beans, and this sounds delicious!

  67. Julia Capone

    YES to Stefanie’s Moong Dal Vegetable Curry! Her mouthwatering description and instructions make me excited to try something new.

  68. martha

    Moong Dal Vegetable Curry has my vote as it has many flavors and colors to make this dish very appealing to all

  69. Marissa Harris

    I vote for this one!

  70. Karen Halstead

    I vote for the Moong Dal Vegetable Curry, what a great combination of flavors.

  71. Rob Cinelli

    Yum yum

  72. Angela

    Yes! This recipe looks so yummy…although, I must admit, I’ve never heard of mung beans until now.

  73. Frank

    YES! to the Moong Dal Curry. This is a healthy Indian meal I can get excited about!

  74. Elvis

    YES! Yummmmmm!

  75. Kelvin M.


  76. Neal

    I love stefanie’s dish very much. Really enjoy it.

  77. Maureen Mooney


  78. Courtney

    YES! Please pick the Moong Dal Vegetable Curry recipe for your book!f

  79. Frank

    YES! Moong Dal Curry should be the winner!

  80. Dennis

    Yes! Vote for the curry!

  81. Diana

    “Yes” the veggie curry dish is very healthy for you, and I appreciate the nutritional run-down on the dish.

  82. Jaimee

    Moong dal veggie curry!

  83. martha

    Moong Dal Vegetable Curry sounds delicious I am anxious to try it and am sure others would enjoy it as well

  84. Christine

    Yes, so yummy!!!!

  85. Elvis

    YES! I can’t wait to gather up all the ingredients and give this recipe a shot. Yummy!

  86. Dennis

    Yes for the curry

  87. Meghan

    YES – looks so good!

  88. Marissa

    I am so excited to see all these comments!

  89. Jeremy

    Looks like people are noticing your recipe!

  90. Mina Diab

    This sounds absolutely amazing!

  91. Maureen Mooney

    Soooo Good!!!! YES!!

  92. Courtney Meredieth

    YES! Moong Dal Vegetable Curry should win!!!

  93. Frank Ramsden

    YES! Moong Dal Curry is the recipe you should put in your book because it is healthy, delicious, and blends an interesting combination of flavors.

  94. Diana

    YES! Pick Stefanie’s Moong Dal Vegetable Curry recipe!

  95. Jing Zhou

    YES. I vote for Moong Dal Vegetable Curry. It looks delicious.

  96. Diana

    Yes! Stefanie has the best recipes!

  97. Dennis

    Vote for curry!

  98. Marissa Lee Harris

    I love to read what you write about each dish and the ingredients. Artistry!

  99. Jeremy Drew

    Your photos are incredible.

  100. Junior

    Voting for my favorite vegan chef!

  101. Hailey Drew

    Stefanie <3

  102. Christine

    I vote for curry!

  103. michael phelan

    I vote for the Moong Dal Vegetable Curry!
    P.S. Congrats to my old yoga teacher and neighbor, Stefanie. Miss you!

  104. jaimee lynn

    Yes to Moong Dal veggie curry – it is a hearty, healthy dish that is also delicious!

  105. Kim

    YES to Moong Dal Vegetable Curry 🙂 these ingredients sound like they would go beautifully together, and the recipe doesn’t seem to overwhelming for those with less cooking experience.

  106. Kim

    Yes to moong dal vegetable curry 🙂 Looks so delicious

  107. Carlos

    Yes to Moong Dal Vegetable Curry… sounds like a nutritious and delicious entree 🙂

  108. Ashley

    Yes to moong dal vegetable curry… can’t wait to make it!

  109. Nicole

    Yes to moong dal vegetable curry! The dried cranberries sound really good…

  110. Andrea

    Wow Stefanie’s Moong Dal Vegetable Curry looks to die for!! Yum!!

  111. Alexa

    This recipe looks amazing, and I’d even venture to try it out as someone who rarely cooks. This one all the way!!!

  112. martha

    Moon Dal Vegetable Curry should be included in the cookbook ….something different and delicous a winning combination

  113. bri

    Yes to Stephanie’s moong dal vegetable curry!!

  114. Hally

    um, YUM. I love curry and this sounds incredible – I’m a big fan of taking traditional dishes and making them a little more exciting with different ingredients. eggplant, broccolini, mushrooms, baby spinach, and sweet cranberries?! sounds like a festival in my mouth. can’t wait to try it!

  115. Linda Grimm

    YES!!! To Stephanie Ramsden Dougherty. Looks and reads as though it will taste absolutely fabulous!!

  116. Dennis

    Yes to Vegan Curry! This is delicious.

  117. Ronen

    Wow! Sounds extra delicious!

  118. paolo martinez

    I will make this for my girlfriend! It will taste soo good that she will want to make it herself and in the end I can have it twice as many times! 🙂

    • paolo martinez

      Mooong dal to previous comment!

  119. Joseph Ayers

    YES! This recipe is not overwhelming for a single dad to make and tastes better than most of the dal dishes I ate traveling in India.

  120. Colin

    Yes to Dal Vegetable curry. I like Dals and curry; so this combination works brilliantly.

  121. Marissa Lee Harris

    Is this when I pre-order the book?! Xoxoxo

  122. Jeremy Drew


  123. Jeremy Drew Jr.

    Last vote.

  124. Olga

    Looks amazingly delicious!!!

  125. Sheryl

    Made this for dinner last night. It was excellent! Definitely adding this to my rotation. Even my carnivore parents thought it was great.

  126. Ioana

    Hi ,

    I love love love your site and the recipes. I cant wait to try as much as I can. Currently I’m trying not to cook much during the week and trying to make a meal planner for two. I was wondering if I cook this dish Sunday …will I be able to keep it in the fridge and it it only in 2-3 days? Or usually these dishs should be eaten that day or the next day?

    Thank so much.
    Have a nice day.

    • Heather Crosby

      Loana, Thanks so much for the feedback 🙂 You can absolutely enjoy this dish for up to a week.

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